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Comic: "Final Crisis #3"
Published by: DC Comics
Written by: Grant Morrison
Artist: J.G. Jones

Reviewer: Protoclown
Posted: 8/11/2008

Plot: I still don't know what's going on.

Review: Three issues into Final Crisis, and I'm still confused as to what's going on, but that doesn't mean I'm not interested. Far from it, in fact. I shouldn't say I'm completely clueless at this point--Grant Morrison has started to finally reveal what the basic story of Final Crisis actually is, which is good, since we're about at the halfway point, but so many of the plot threads still don't connect to the main story in obvious ways. But really, that's the best thing about Morrison. He's one of the most challenging (and insane) writers in the industry, and he certainly doesn't spell everything out for the reader.

This is the kind of book that can be very frustrating to follow monthly, as most things have been revealed in a very roundabout way, but I'm hopeful that once the story is complete, going back over it (it should probably be read multiple times anyway) will provide a very rewarding experience for the careful reader. This time around there are connections to Morrison's ambitious Seven Soldiers project, with the appearance of Frankenstein, and to Countdown, with the appearance of Mary Marvel (the evil version of whom looks more fucked up in this book, and given that it's a Morrison story, that's not very surprising).

The main premise to the overall story at this point seems to be that Darkseid won, and has corrupted all life with his anti-life equation, which has resulted in him having dominion over pretty much everything. This is discovered by a couple incarnations of the Flash who go through the time stream and come out into the future after evil has triumphed. They quickly encounter evil versions of Wonder Woman, Catwoman, and who appears to be Starfire who speak their intention to kill them as the issue ends.

I can see where this book would be very inaccessible to someone unfamiliar with the DC Universe, or impossibly frustrating to impatient readers who can't stand being confused and having to wait a long time for answers, but I have to give DC credit for trying to do something unique and risky here, especially with a big event book rather than some artsy fringe title whose failure would hardly matter to the business side of the company. They could be giving us the same run-of-the-mill big event story that Marvel is giving us this year (no matter how they try to dress it up differently), but they're not. They could end up falling on their face and getting burned while Marvel plays it safe (as safe as foolishly fucking up their universe can be considered, anyway), so I have to respect them for that.

One thing that baffles me however if Supergirl's presence on one of the covers when she's hardly in this issue at all. There are several other characters who would have been far more appropriate who spring to mind, but perhaps this is some kind of hint of things to come?

Overall rating: WholeWholeWholeHalf
(Scored on a 0.5 - 5 pickles rating: 0.5 being the worst and 5 being the best)

Reader Comments

Riot Control
Aug 11th, 2008, 07:10 PM
The catch is that it has been a long, long time since I read any kind of comic book.
Fanboy
Aug 12th, 2008, 05:24 AM
Supergirl is on the cover because she is a hot blonde teenager in revealing clothes. This is a comic book, after all.
Pickleman's Uncle
Aug 12th, 2008, 06:10 AM
Yeah but Supergirl is hot.
So.

Which reminds me: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KSiZe7VwOrM
Forum Virgin
Aug 12th, 2008, 06:22 AM
Ive really wanted to get into comics, after reading this and other sites for so long, but the more I do the more I realise i'd have to pick up 50+ years of comics in order to do so. I guess thats the reason they do these resets, but then they reset the resets and add those previous resets into cannon whether they were supposed to or not. The end result is theres a person who wants to give these comic companies money, but can't because I dont feel like being totally confused. Maybe this time, they can reset to a point where i can actually join in!
hanging out
Aug 12th, 2008, 10:42 AM
The end result is theres a person who wants to give these comic companies money, but can't because I dont feel like being totally confused. Maybe this time, they can reset to a point where i can actually join in!

That's why I only read free comics!
The Moxie Nerve Food Tonic
Aug 12th, 2008, 11:05 AM
I found aspects of "Seven Soldiers" totally impenetrable and I know as much DC history as anybody.

I'm reasonably sure I'm picking up on the things ones meant to understand in "Crisls" so far, and that other things that are totally confusing are intended to be right now.

I think Proto is right that it's very ballsy of DC to allow this kind of writing in such a mass market book.

That said, there is a HUGE difference between confusing plotlines that require arcane knowledge which are lazy and arrogant (Skrull Invasion) and confusing plotlines that require arcane knowledge because a talented writer is following his muse and consequences be damned.

There's nothing unusual about that in literature, and there are books out there well worth reading that require (at least for me) multiple attempts before you get anywhere with them. Burroughs and Pynchon come to mind. I still haven't been able to crack "Gravity's Rainbow" but intend to before I die.

It is pretty unusual in comics, and it's unheard of in mainstream books. That's changing. Jonathan Lethem, a writer of immense talent with wide critical acclaim is working through "Omega", based on one of the original comic writers who didn't mind being impenetrable now and then, Steve Gerber.

This isn't what most readers are looking for in a Superhero book. The very best comics to date (Say Watchmen) are extremely well written, but they aren't difficult to read. For a writer in control of his voice, that's an artistic choice. On many levels it's more rewarding to read. But I think "Crisis" and "Seven Soldiers" before it are deliberately, carefully written and offer a very different set of rewards.
Amicable Herculean
Aug 12th, 2008, 07:20 PM
I'm really worried that at the end, they'll go "Fuck you, reader", and give us a stupid ending. That said, I'm enjoying the ride so far.
pickled
Aug 13th, 2008, 04:23 AM
Man, I am so not interested in Final Crisis at all. What is the point of it?
Bustin makes me feel good
Aug 13th, 2008, 11:15 PM
Max...

Lethem's "Omega" made[i]no[i]sense to me whatsoever. Can someone explain to me what happened in those 10 issues? I really dug the art and kept buying it month after month, but the story left me completely perplexed.
The Moxie Nerve Food Tonic
Aug 14th, 2008, 12:01 AM
Is ten the end? I don't think I've read that one yet.